I was gonna make some huge detailed review of all the things I love about this book. How it moved me and how made me think of life and deep stuff like...moreI was gonna make some huge detailed review of all the things I love about this book. How it moved me and how made me think of life and deep stuff like that. I’m not gonna do that. If I tell you my version of this book you’ll have preconception that will blind you for all the things I didn’t see while reading it. Books are journeys, very privet and personal journeys, so you really need to take this one alone. Keep your eyes, ears and mind open or else you’ll miss a lot. When present, be present. Let the story take you away. Don’t start this halfhearted, jump in the lake with both feet and let the waters cover your head.
With every JG’s book I learn something new. I open my eyes a little wider. Is not always easy and usually makes me cry either of happiness or sadness. Nevertheless, makes me feel something real about the story and especially for the characters.
This is what I learned from this book:
“Things fall apart. Nothing can last, not even the earth itself. Suffering is caused by desire and the satiation of desire meant the satiation of suffering. When you stop wishing things wouldn't fall apart you stop suffering when they did.”
When an author seems to know your every hidden feel and thoughts, man, you are screwed. I know it sounds bad, but in a way is great. Sure...moreWill&Will
When an author seems to know your every hidden feel and thoughts, man, you are screwed. I know it sounds bad, but in a way is great. Sure it makes you face all the shit that you usually hide from, but in a very surreal way, it makes you understand things and yourself. Sometimes I do stuff I don't even see it, much less know why you do the shitty things that you do. Well, that's the magic of the mimi representation stuff. When you have this sort of out of body experience things get clearer in your head. You realize how perspective matter. Straight Will Grayson is really a girl, sentimental and all full of drama. I can relate to that 100%, but I also relate to gay Will Grayson and his dark view of life. This is kind of hard to explain. It's easy to say what you don't like about stuff, but to say and explained the things you love can be tricky. David and John have a way with words, that's a fact. I love them and with each book I read I become more of a stalker of these two. Just like the zombie craving for brains, I crave for their words. Arrrrrrrg *me need words* The audio is one of the best audios I've ever heard and that is saying a lot. They absorb every word, sigh in the sigh parts, screams in the screams parts and even below a high not in the singing parts. I'm in love with this audio, for real <3 I love the happy feeling I got in the end of this book. I wish more authors could make endings that well. Bottom line is, all this talk can simply be shortened with one sentence: My name is not Will Grayson, but I love Tiny Cooper. <3
Now I'll take a minute to show my love for this book and these two authors with a bunch of thumbs up.
I wish I had a friend like him growing up. Hi is the kind of guy that makes you fall in love with him doesn’t matter what is yo...moreI’m in love with Paul.
I wish I had a friend like him growing up. Hi is the kind of guy that makes you fall in love with him doesn’t matter what is your inclination. Gay, straight, bi, whatevah. He is just an extremely lovable guy. I love this book. It’s simple as that. For a few hours I get to be inside a wonderful and welcoming world where acceptance is reality. We have a quarterback that is a drag queen and also the homecoming queen. He is FABULOUS. Hey, don’t judge u.u
Paul’s mother is the best mom ever, his dad is a standup guy all the way around and his home is full of love and fun dinner games. He can eat pancakes for dinner, I guess this says at all. From the childihood revolutionary plays to the new and totally awesome made-up language between two friends, this book took me into a journey of awesomeness with rainbow cover chocolate and… ok, I think you got how much I love this book. This author is the best to write love stories and create that sweet and real bond between characters. He can make them real in a way that few authors can. The relationship between the main characters is so,so,so sweet and it doesn’t matter if it is between a girl and a boy, a boy and a boy or a girl and a girl. The feelings are pure and ...*sigh* so lovely.
But this book is not just rainbows and cotton candy, I shed some tears in it too. But is the kind of tears you shed with a smile in your face cose is so dame beautiful.
Bottom line is, I love this book, I love the characters, I love the writing, I love the áudio and I freaking love Infinite Darlene in all of her glory. <3
The Plot Miranda is a high school girl, an actress, who dreams to play Juliet. Her mother was an actress that never got to play...more
Reviewed on 04/01/2012
The Plot Miranda is a high school girl, an actress, who dreams to play Juliet. Her mother was an actress that never got to play Juliet, so she wants to do that for her. Her dad is a psychiatrist that, apparently, was a good dad till he decided to run off to “find himself” and she hasn’t heard from him ever since. She wants to play Juliet so very bad that she decided to make a spell for it (big foreshadowing in the name LoL). However, the spell don’t work exactly the way she expects. Miranda finds herself face to face with an English man on top of her kitchen table. Who is he? Who is he? Well the Elizabethan fashion style and the slang of the lad as well as his partum, or lack of, says at all. Can you spell “time travel”? LoL I like this plot, is fun and cute.
The Characters - Drama, drama, drama. But what do you expected of a story about Shakespeare’s plays? Miranda is a drama Queen. I like her. She has some really funny babbling sometimes. Her love for the theater is lovely as well as her love for her mother. The other characters (her mother, Drew, Boby, etc..) are well balanced and we get to see them as individuals receiving bits by bits of info along the story. I like this way, I hate when the author throws the characters life story on you in one big gulp. It irritates me and I don’t care for the overload of information.
The Writing - Has a good flow to it. It’s told through Miranda’s POV. Some times is a little rushed, but not too much that I can’t follow it. The really old English was funny. English is not my first language, so I was somewhat lost in some of the talks.
Consideration - I like the plot, the characters were cute too, but I had problems with this book. We have a say here in Brazil: “Filme da Sessão da Tarde”. It translate something like : “Afternoon Movie Flick” or something like that. What that means? Well, it means a movie that is not that deep, it has some funny parts, love triangles are often in it, in the middle you can find some distress, but in the end it all has an answer that may or may not be believable and leaves you feeling slightly better than when you started to watch it. This book is just like that. I’ll give you an example of a movie of the 80’s so you can see what was my problem with this book:
Jhonny (new age boy that all the cool guys pick on)
Carol (best friend that secretly loves Jhonny)
Kelly (really beautiful girl that came from nowhere and got Jhonny’s love)
Jhonny: Carol, I have something really crazy to tell you. *Runs fingers through his hair*
Carol: Yeah, right. *glazed eyes watching his fingers, his hair and suffering in silence*
Jhonny: This Is really important and you may not believe and even think I’m crazy for saying it.
Carol: Spill it already. I don’t have the whole day. *shaking her head and smiling nervously trying to look cool*
Jhonny: It’s about Kelly.
Carol: Oh, Kelly. *roll of the eyes* What’s about her?
Jhonny: Well, she is a princess form the XVI Century that was cursed by an evil witch. She was turned into a mannequin and the spell was broken when I kissed her. Now she is lost in this mad, mad world of the future and we have to find her before the evil witch that traveled through time finds her and kill her.
Carol: You are shitting me. *mouth hanging open*
Jhonny: Please, Carol. *Holds her hand and look real sweetly into her eyes* You are my best friend. You have to help me.
Carol: Yes. *heart breaking and swallowing back the tears over the words best friend* I’ll help.
Ok, I’ve changed the things a little, but the main idea is in there. Do you see the problem in this dialog? Is not the crazy plot, I like crazy plots, god dammit, I live for crazy plots. Is not the crappie obliviousness of the guy that can’t see the girl is in love with him. I’m used to it. The problem is the reaction and instant accepting of everything. Is like the child went to mommy and daddy saying that there’s a monster under his bed and they went to his bedroom with a shotgun and grenades to kill off the boogieman. No way can a person accept so well something so crazy. And that’s what happens here. They all accept the fact that the guy is a time traveler instantly. No questions asked. I mean, come on. Even her dad. He is a freaking psychiatrist, for crying out loud. There’s no way he would just go with the flow there. Speaking of her dad, no, I better don’t get into this. I just gonna say: A real father don’t walk out on his family. Ok, now that I let that out of my chest, I’ll get to the part I really like about this book. Edmund love acting and he brings such passion to everything he does that jumps out of the pages. His relation with Miranda is sweet and somewhat believable, even in the midst of all the craziness. I love Shakespeare. I love Romeo and Juliet and that was the main reason I asked for this book.
I love his quotes.
I know, I know. It’s said that he rip off other people’s words, but come on. Can you honestly say that every word that comes out of your mouth is unique and authentic? At least he made them famous. LoL
In the parts where they showed the contradictions, the real emotions, the human side of the characters I felt close to them and these are the parts that made reading this book worth it. If you pay real attention to the details you see that the story is not only about R&J. This made me real glad. There’s a part where Miranda was speaking with Vivian’s mom and she told Miranda about her affair with Phil. That dialog right there, the human nature, the dealing with the things you can’t change, is so Shakespearian/French. It really made me think, “What are we up to take in name of love?” “How much crap can we swallow for the one we love?” So, as I said, it has many flaws, but there’s really good moments in it.
*An ARC was kindly provided by the publisher. But this in no way influenced my views on this book. This is my honest review.*
This reading is part of the following Reading Challenges:
• 73% of the chick lit books are read by girls • 49% of all relationships end up in marriage • 87% of population says that the first kiss is...moreStatistics:
• 73% of the chick lit books are read by girls • 49% of all relationships end up in marriage • 87% of population says that the first kiss is the most important kiss EVAH • 25% of guys calls the next day • 68% of population believes in love at first sight • 54% of the readers will think these statistics are bogus • 100% of them will be right, I just made the whole thing up :)
So, lets get to the review…
The Plot: Simple and not very authentic. Is not authentic at all, actually. Girl is forced to travel to attend to her dad’s wedding to a women that she never met and she is sooooo not happy about it. But, fate works in mysterious ways and the trip turns out to be sooooo not what she expected. It’s sweet and romantic. I really like it.
The Characters -
She is nice and I can relate to her feelings. I’m too a broken home child. She is seventeen and a lot of things aren’t as clear as she want them to be so, she has lots of inner monologs and question. She is sweet and I like the way she acts all naïve sometimes. It made me feel like I was seventeen again.
*sigh* he is soooooo sweet and crazy. I love the crazy talks between Oliver and Hadley. The way they mix the really hard stuff with the goofy stuff. Her mom doesn’t appear much, but it gives us the vibe of a good mom. Her dad, he seems nice, in the end at least. I’m still not sure how I feel about him after all I’ve heard. So, the characters are really relatable, to me, at least. I can say they feel real and touchable. Each of them with its unique way and mind. I like these characters very much.
The Writing - It’s third person narrative. Not my fave and that’s maybe why I couldn’t rate it higher. I like the way this author writes, but the part I like the most is the dialogs. Man, they are so effortless and real. Is like they were real people talking to each other and that made it real easy to lose myself in the story. It’s a really good writing.
The audiobook - This girl is really good. Even though, she doesn’t make the voices, It was easy to know who was speaking. The only real change was in the brit accent, which was simply adorable. The tone, the pace and the interpretation were all very nice and pleasant. Since I spend over 5h straight listening to it, I can say it was really good. LoL
Considerations - This book would be a great movie. Really. It has a lot of action and I could see in my mind all the scenes. That’s how good I think this book is. Ok, before you go ahead and read this book based on this review, I need to make some things clear. When I read a book, descriptions of places, objects, politics and history is not my main focus. What make me love a story is the human side of it. Mind games, inner struggle, life change decisions, human behavior and *sigh* love. So, if you like that, this book is for you. (less)
I've read this book in like 2h, yeah,, It's a really short story,, LoL
The story is cute and sweet, full review yet to come
The Plot -...moreI've read this book in like 2h, yeah,, It's a really short story,, LoL
The story is cute and sweet, full review yet to come
The Plot - It's simple and cute. Girl has a boyfriend. Boyfriend does stupid stuff. Boyfriend gives a free card to girlfriend so he can feel better about himself. Girlfriend likes cute guy (not her boyfriend) and don't know what to do.
The Characters - Zoey is a teenager that has to deal with a terrible lost and we see that when she talk and thinks. She is very center and don't act on instinct. She is a lot stronger than I will ever be, really. Riley is the cutes ever and she doesn't fall all over him. I would melt like a popsicle around him. Finn, well, he is the boyfriend and all but I kept forgetting him while I was reading, except when I was really pissed off at him. He does really stupid stuff.
The Writing - I luv first person point of view and this is no news for those who have read any of mine reviews. I like her way of writing. Not over detailed and kipping to the good stuff.
Considerations - The story is really sweet and super duper cute. The dialog makes me smile and Riley has this wit that makes me want to kiss him on the spot. I was really cot up in the plot, but then ,,it was over. Ok, ok,, the end was satisfactory, but was too abrupt. I would like to have more development in it. Nevertheless, the story is good and I still recommend it.
Eu li esse livro em tipo 2h, é,,, é uma estória bem curta,,, hehe,,
A estória é tão bonitinha e doce, resenha completa por vir
A Trama - É simples e muito fofa. Garota tem um namorado. Namorado faz algo estúpido. Namorado dá um passe livre para a namorada para que ele possa se sentir melhor sobre si mesmo. Namorada gosta do cara bonitinho (não é o namorado dela) e não sabe o que fazer.
Os Personagens - Zoey é uma adolescente que precisa lidar com uma perda terrivel e nós vemos isso quando ela fala e pensa. Ela é bastante centrada e não age por instinto. Ela é bem mais forte do que eu jamais vou ser. Riley é uma gracinha e ela não cai pra cima dele. Eu teria derretido como um picolé perto dele. Finn, bem, ele é o namorado e talz, mas eu ficava me esquecendo dele o tempo todo enquanto eu estava lendo, a não ser quando eu estava realmente brava com ele. Ele faz umas coisas realmente estúpidas.
A Escrita - Eu amo o ponto de vista em primeira pessoa e isso não é novidade para aqueles que já leram qualquer uma das minhas resenhas. Eu gosto do modo que ela escreve. Não é detalhada demais e se mantém focada no que interessa.
Considerações - A estória é realmente doce e super ultra fofa. O diálogo me faz sorrir e Riley tem essa esperteza e senso de humor que me faz querer beijá-lo. Eu estava envolvida mesmo na trama, mas aí,, acabou. Ok,ok,, o final foi satisfatório, mas foi muito abrupto. Eu queria que tivesse mais desenvolvimento nele. Mesmo assim, a estória é boa e eu ainda a recomendo.
I'm in love with this book. Everyone should read it, really!
I need to go to France!
This is what I was thinking the whole time wile reading this book....moreI'm in love with this book. Everyone should read it, really!
I need to go to France!
This is what I was thinking the whole time wile reading this book. I have never cared much for Paris or that song that people often talk about when they think of Paris, La Vie Rose or something, I have never understood the fascination for the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or any other post card places there. I would be happy and fine this way and didn’t think I was missing anything by not visiting Paris. This all changed when I started reading Anna and The French Kiss. I know, I know,,, this is really cliché, but love is cliché and I fell in love with this book. I don’t care if people look ate the cover and think “Oh, is just another chick lit story.” This is not just another chick lit story and if you give it a chance, you will see that there’s much more to it then just a love affair between two teenagers in Paris. I mean, it is but is not just that. It’s about change your whole life and how that is a really hard thing to do. It’s about finding who you really are even though in the end you discover that the person you are is not the person you thought you were in the begin with. I know, I know,, it’s hard to explain but this whole fundamental stuff is in this “chick lit” story and is wonderfully put it in a way that is not that complicated.
The Plot - Is simple and at the same time is complicated. Is simple because is right in your face. You don’t have to think to hard and is not a mystery to be solved, but the questions and ramification of the actions are just as complicated as in real life. The indecision to make the right choice, the fear of loosing the ones you really care about, the pain of betrayal, all the things we have to deal with wile growing up and that can really freak you out.
The Characters - I like the characters and, I know is weird, but I felt that the guys really talk like,, you know,, guys. I could almost hear them speak and the faces that they would make. They really reminded me of my friends and how they would respond. The girls were very well developed too. Anna is strong, vulnerable and just a freak that likes to clean and organize everything around her. LoL So adorable. Bridge is just like that crazy and gorgeous friend you envy and love to the bone. St. Clair, oh, I can’t say his name without smiling. Etienne, see? I’m already smiling like a fool Ok, you’ve got the point, right?
The Writing - Is as lovely as a summer rain. I know what you’ll say. “Rain? How can rain be lovely?” Summer is hot and when it rains it cools you but the sun is still in the sky so you get that wonderful cool feeling, that exquisite rain smell and still can appreciate the light. The way that the sun light reflex on the rain drops is like a million rainbows all around you. See? Rain can be magic and lovely, so stop whining about it. So, the writing, is pretty amazing. And the best part is that it gets you when you least expect. I was like, this book is OK, and then I saw myself sit in the movies, something brush my thigh and when I look up there was St. Clair. That was freaky, really. It was like 1am and my brain just froze. Yep, this book is good enough to make you have visions about it. LoL
Consideration - I just love the way that Paris comes to life in the book. All the wonderful things to see and eat. Wile I was reading I felt like I was there with Anna and experiencing what she was going trough. I really love this book and the way that it has opened my eyes to a new world. I’m sure going to read Lola and The Boy Next Door because of this book. I just have to say on thing, although I love the way that all the relationships were developed in such a natural way, but there were times I felt like banging Anna’s head against the wall. She can really be blindsided by her own insecurity. This bugged me very much. Especially the things that should have being said and she just didn’t have the balls to say so. But I love this book in all of it’s good and bad, because the good parts are really wonderful and make the not so good parts almost non existent.
Ok, I'll try to do a review, but I ask you to consider the state I'm in the moment witch is not good at all. I'm heart broken and very emotio...more3.5 stars
Ok, I'll try to do a review, but I ask you to consider the state I'm in the moment witch is not good at all. I'm heart broken and very emotional but I'll try to be at least a little rational about it.
The Plot - Is the cutes ever. Livia is traveling to see her brother and live , yes, live and love and all that teen excitements that normal teens are suppose to have before they grow into adulthood. She is like a diary lover and so she does this blog (secret and privet) where she puts all her feelings and thoughts and whatever she like it in it.
The Characters - Again, the cutes ever! Livia is so lovely wit her brit accent, her red hair, her pale skin, nerd ways and so, so, cute jokes. She is like your best friend and you can't help fall for her. Really. I was laughing so much in the first few pages that I got cramp on my jaw. Her brother Jeff, Adam, Krystina, they are all very real and very well presented with their flows and qualities and everything.
The Writing - It's in 1º person and is from Livia's blog perspective. She tell us trough the blog her experiences and is just as fun as to read a privet diary. You get to know what she thinks and what she feels. Is so moving and is like you are there with her and seeing trough her eyes. I love the way that the writing pulls me inside the story and make me part of it so it becomes part of me aswell.
Considerations - This is the part where I break down and spill my guts out, so if you don't want to you don't need to read it. It probably has a bunch of spoilers in it. I'm warning you. Ok, if you are reading this far is your decision. Here it goes. I had just finished reading this very serious book and I wanted one to relax and laugh a little, you know? A book that would make me feel all smiles and rainbows and stuff. So I started to read this one and I was so happy because Livia was just what I needed, you know, this funny friend telling me this amazing love story and heart breaks and it was like I've known her forever. That's how great this book can be. But then I felt my heart break into a million little pieces just in front of my eyes. The last ten pages of it I was crying so hard that I couldn't breath and my throat was so tight and my chin was trembling and I felt this terrible pain and I felt, I felt,,,lost. I think Lost is the right word. I finished reading this at 2am. I went to bed but everytime I closed my eyes I started to cry again. It was past 5am when I finely dozed off and I woke with my face all swallowed and my day passed like a blur. I just need to say this: Why? Why couldn't you just give me my happy ending? Why did you make me fall for this amazing character just to have it ripped away from me like this? How can you be so cruel? Sorry, I told you I was heartbroken and very emotional. If this was a paper letter there would be tear stains all over it. I can't help it. Maybe I'll change my mind about this and edit my review, but right now I can't help crying over this cruel ending.